Prince William has enlisted Queen Elizabeth’s personal jewelers to create a royal “push present” for Kate Middleton to commemorate the July 22 birth of their first child, Prince George Alexander Louis. British tabloids are reporting that the gift is a fancy-color pink diamond brooch and that William has been active in the jewelry-design process. Apparently, he’s contributed a number of ideas to make the piece more sentimental.
A member of William’s “inner circle” told The Daily Express, “William has been giving this a lot of thought for a long time. He’s got lots of ideas from studying [the] history of art at [the] university and decided on a pink diamond as a centerpiece because it is pretty and feminine. It will be a thank you present to Kate.”
William’s post-birth gift for Kate follows a family tradition employed a generation ago by his father, Prince Charles. When Princess Diana gave birth to William, Charles gave the Princess an engraved gold medallion with “William” inscribed in his own writing and a gold charm in the shape of a “W.”
According to The Daily Express, William had initially planned to give Kate an item from his late mother’s jewelry collection — she already wears Diana’s engagement ring — but decided that something from him would be more appropriate and sentimental.
It comes as no surprise that a pink diamond was eventually chosen for this special gift because pink diamonds have been a favorite of the Royal Family for generations.
Queen Elizabeth II possesses the most famous pink diamond in the world—the Williamson Pink. Canadian geologist John Williamson presented the flawless 54-carat uncut pink diamond as a wedding present to the Queen back in 1947. It was later faceted and set as the 23.60-carat center of a flower brooch for Elizabeth’s coronation in 1952. She has worn it regularly for 60 years.
Last year, a large pink diamond from the Rio Tinto mining company was named “Argyle Pink Jubilee” in honor of Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Originally billed as the largest pink diamond ever found in Australia, the 12.76 carat rough diamond could only be partially cut and polished because of a number of internal flaws that were discovered after the process had begun. It was subsequently donated to Australia’s Melbourne Museum.